We offer the W.I.S.E. UP Workshop, developed by Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) to empower children, teens and their parents as they cope with questions about adoption and make choices about when and how to share their adoption story.
Lutheran Family Services is working with the Virginia Post-Adoption Consortium, a collaborative partnership that includes the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). The Consortium is funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services. Lutheran Family Services is providing adoption competent training in the Tidewater Region and Northern VDSS regions.
The partnership is designed to strengthen Virginia’s post-adoption services system in under-served geographic areas by 1) providing adoption-competent mental health services, 2) enhancing the array of post-adoption services and 3) increasing the number of adoption-competent mental health clinicians to effectively serve adoptive families.
This workshop is designed for school personnel and can be adjusted to address specific concerns of individual schools. The goal of this well-regarded training program is to create a positive school environment for adoption for both adopted and non-adopted children by finding opportunities to weave informal, brief educational moments into already-existing programs and curricula. It will provide critical foundational information about children’s normal developmental understanding about adoption, potential manifestations of adoption issues at school, five key strategies for opening and managing communication about adoption in school, and recommendations for home-school collaboration about adoption.
The workshop can be adapted for an audience of counselors and school psychologists to include potential behavioral, emotional, and learning issues rooted in adoption.
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